Note: This Event was part of my “Secret Experimental Event Series” for Big Weekend Calendars and The Austin Events Wall Calendar. You can read more about the event series in this post.
One of my requirements for these events was that htey needed to be easy to participate in and short. Due to budget, I couldn’t really afford an official MC at most of them. I’m not a great MC and don’t really enjoy the job so it was best if I could just figure out events that minimized my weaknesses.
With an event that consisted soley of people counting to 1000, the announcements would be pretty straightforward. “Ok everyone! On the count of three start counting!” Or I might, for the sake of clarification, have to say “OK everyone! On the count of three start counting at one!”
Either way, my job would be done and I could pack up my vehicle and go home while they finished up.
Just kidding! I wanted to see if I can make it to 1000, too. I’ve never counted to a thousand.
I know what you’re thinking… well what if it can’t be done? What if it takes many days to get all they way there?
Well here’s a clever test I did: I counted to 10 while running a stopwatch. Then I took that number (about 10 seconds) and multiplied it by 1000 divided by 10. The resulting calculation was 1000. That was how many seconds. Then, I cleverly took that total (1000 seconds) and divided by 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day. The result was 0.0115 days.
So the event would not even last a full day. Great.
Here’s the event description:
Count to 1000
How many numbers do you know? Well PROVE IT! Let’s go to the park and count out loud to 1000. Feel free to bring signs for the numbers you are most excited about saying.
Things to know:
- This is for real.
- You don’t have to know all the numbers to participate.
You might have noticed that I have accounted for people who might not feel super confident in their abilities to get all the way to 1000.
The signs idea I borrowed-stole from my friend Andy Miller. He took some friends to see the live Texas lotto drawing (there’s a special viewing room you can go to) and he made signs cheering on his favorite numbers. I thought it was a good idea even though he didn’t win any money.
Here’s a video that doesn’t tell you anything more than you already read but it will get you excited about the event:
*please note that you will NOT have to count as fast as the numbers go in the video. That’s nuts. I sped it up a lot because I didn’t want people to have to sit there watching the video for 0.0115 days to find out how it ends.
Sadly, this event was postponed due to pandemic.